Sep 21, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs offensive linesman Dylan Holley (55) blocks for quarterback Dak Prescott (15) during the game against the Troy Trojans at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State won 62-7. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Senior Tributes: Tobias Smith, Dylan Holley & Corvell Gay-Harrison


Tobias Smith – he did not play this year although he was granted a 6th year of eligibility prior to the season. Mullen said he was “in the bullpen” during fall practice, but it’s obvious he was never going to play since Justin Malone went down in the first game (at Smith’s RG position) and Tobias never saw action. Perhaps he wasn’t physically ready to go after missing spring practice, or perhaps he wanted to be more of a player/coach. Either way, his career is now over, and we can take a look back.

Tobias was the only player left who was a scholarship athlete under Sylvester Croom (Baker Swedenberg grey-shirted in 2008). He had redshirted that season before getting his first action in ’09 when Mullen took over. Unfortunately his career was marked by injuries, and it started early when he went down with a leg injury during fall practice that year and was only able to appear in three games. 2010 was a much better season as he appeared in 12 games and got a start in the Florida upset. Smith was the starting RG in 2011 but went down in the LSU game. He was hampered by this until 2012 when he received significant playing time during crucial situations, but shared the load with Justin Malone throughout the year. A great run-blocker, Tobias started 13 games in his career.

Dylan Holley – he came to State as a juco transfer with the 2012 signing class. Holley was a 1st team All-American at MGCCC and served as Dillon Day’s backup for the last two seasons. He has played in every game of his career at MSU except the Gator Bowl and against Bowling Green, and received one start vs. Troy this year in place of the suspended Day.

Corvell Gay-Harrison – he’s a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve seen his hyphenated last name switched a number of times, but more so because he was not redshirted in 2010, however, he has never received much playing time. He did appear in all 12 games so far in 2013, but only played in 9 total games the previous three seasons.

 

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